July 10, 2014

Arts Express: July 10, 2014

Local documentary wins regional Emmy

PLATTSBURGH — A television documentary celebrating history through music in the Adirondacks can celebrate its Emmy Award win this week.

“Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector” won a regional Emmy award for Outstanding Documentary at the Boston/New England Emmy Awards gala.

The Mountain Lake PBS production tells the story of Adirondack historian Marjorie Lansing Porter, who recorded traditional folk songs and stories from the last generation of people who remembered them, thus preserving them for the future.

“Porter is a hero for having captured these songs in the nick of time,” said producer Paul Larson, who received his award at a gala.

“Without Porter’s original foresight and hard work to preserve these treasures, we would have lost a lot of music and stories that originated in the Adirondacks.

“She never cared much for receiving awards for herself, but she would probably have been thrilled to know the songs she collected have received such a high honor.”

The program includes musical performances from contemporary folk singers who aim to revive Porter’s songs.

“Mountain Lake PBS has aspired to tell the stories of the Adirondack region for over 35 years,” said Dan Swinton, executive producer of the documentary. “We are extremely honored to receive this award as it reinforces our role as an important voice for our communities we serve.”

Larson was also recently honored with a Rondo Award. The awards cite achievements in the world of classic horror movies and are sponsored by the website Classic Horror Film Board.

Larson won Monster Kid of the Year Award, the highest honor of the program, for his work on bonus features for the Shout! Factory blu-ray release “The Vincent Price Collection.”

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